sport news PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE RACE PREDICTION: Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal are ... trends now
The Premier League title race looks to be one of the most hotly-contested in history, with three sides who all look more than capable of lifting the trophy on May 19.
Manchester City are once again hitting their stride with Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne back on form. Liverpool meanwhile will be looking to end the Jurgen Klopp era on a high and win the title in front of fans to give him the best possible send-off.
With that in mind, Mail Sport takes a look at the run-in of what looks to be the first true three-horse race in years - while also keeping an eye on Tottenham to see if they could also get themselves involved.
Manchester City are title favourites with Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne now fully fit
Liverpool and Arsenal though will be looking to stop City from making it four titles in a row
The title contenders continue their relentless form with all three picking up impressive victories in the next weekend of fixtures.
Manchester City - inspired by an on-song Haaland - put in the most impressive performance of the weekend with a 4-1 victory over Chelsea - piling more pressure on the struggling Blues and their manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Gunners make light work on the road again but only score half the amount of goals that they did against West Ham, when they face relegation-threatened Burnley.
Liverpool meanwhile make another slow start away at Brentford, with the Bees taking the lead through Ivan Toney.
Their expansive array of attacking options though proves too much for Thomas Frank's side, with Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all netting again.
Tottenham keep the gap to the top at seven points with a hard-fought victory over Wolves.
Brentford 1-3 Liverpool
Burnley 0-3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-1 Wolves
Man City 4-1 ChelseaLiverpool - 57 points (GD 34) Man City - 55 points (GD 34) Arsenal - 55 points (GD 34) Tottenham - 50 points (GD 16)
Liverpool hope to end the Jurgen Klopp era with a second title victory under his helm
Going into Gameweek 26, Man City take the lead in the title race with a comfortable victory over Brentford with their game-in-hand.
Liverpool briefly take top-spot back as they see off Luton in their final game before they play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final - with Mohamed Salah starting his first game since the victory over Newcastle at the beginning of January.
Dominic Solanke gives City a scare by netting the opener for Bournemouth, but Guardiola's side ultimately have too much fire-power for the Cherries and re-take the top spot.
Meanwhile there is tricky matches for both north London sides with Arsenal hosting Newcastle and Tottenham visiting bitter rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal snatch a late winner against the Magpies, while Chelsea up their game in a fiery contest at Stamford Bridge to take two points off Ange Postecoglou's side.
Man City 3-0 Brentford
Liverpool 3-0 Luton
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
Bournemouth 1-3 Man City
Arsenal 1-0 NewcastleMan City - 61 points (GD 39) Liverpool - 60 points (GD 37) Arsenal - 58 points (GD 35) Tottenham - 51 points (GD 16)
Tottenham's trip to Stamford Bridge to play rivals Chelsea will serve up another spicy contest
Man City make it 10 wins in a row as they see off a resurgent Manchester United in the local derby at the Etihad Stadium.
But the two sides below them continue to keep up their relentless hunt of the champions with comfortable victories over Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United respectively.
Tottenham meanwhile return to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, but need a miracle to get themselves back into title contention.
Nottingham Forest 0-2 Liverpool
Tottenham 3-1 Crystal Palace
Man City 3-1 Man United
Sheffield United 0-2 ArsenalMan City - 64 points (GD 41) Liverpool - 63 points (GD 39) Arsenal - 61 points (GD 37) Tottenham - 54 points (GD 18)
There is a new team at the top of the table as Jurgen Klopp gets the better of Pep Guardiola in their final Premier League outing against each other.
Salah scores his first goal since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations and injury to give the Reds the lead only for Haaland to equalise.
But it's on-form Jota who proves to be the match-winner and send the Reds two points clear at the top of the standings.
A draw would have been better for Arsenal, though Mikel Arteta's side make it eight league wins on the bounce and they are still within range to pounce on any dropped points from the sides above them.
Tottenham's title chances seem to be all but over however after they drop two vital points away at Villa Park - with Unai Emery's side still holding hopes of a top-four spot.
Arsenal 3-1 Brentford
Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham
Liverpool 2-1 Man CityLiverpool - 66 points (GD 40) Man City - 64 points (GD 40) Arsenal - 64 points (GD 39) Tottenham - 55 points (GD 18)
Next month will see Klopp and Pep Guardiola face each other for the last time in the Premier League
Frustration for Liverpool fans as after picking up what could be a season-defining win they drop points in the Merseyside derby.
Sean Dyche successfully annoys Klopp in the German's last meeting against Liverpool's local rivals - with the Reds held to a 1-1 draw.
Manchester City meanwhile appear to be rattled from their defeat last weekend, and they have more points taken off them by an impressive Brighton side - even if the reigning champions are able to salvage what could prove a vital point.
Arsenal meanwhile make it three different teams to top the standings in as many weeks, as they see off Chelsea 2-0 at the Emirates.
That's now nine wins on the bounce for Arsenal, who next play an off-form Man City at the Etihad.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
Fulham 0-3 Tottenham
Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Brighton 2-2 Man CityArsenal - 67 points (GD 41) Liverpool - 67 points (GD 40) Man City - 65 points (GD 40) Tottenham - 58 points (GD 21)
Arsenal jump to the top of the table in Gameweek 29 - just before their trip to the Etihad
Just two weeks after perhaps the biggest game of the season between Liverpool and Man City, we have another with the reigning champions in need of a victory after taking one point in their last six.
Arsenal are the on-form side going into the contest but they fail to take their chances and are punished in the second-half by Man City - and the Gunners drop from first to third.
Liverpool, after one week off the top, overcome Brighton in a five-goal thriller as their attacking fire-power again prevails despite some deficiencies in defence.
Tottenham meanwhile are now nine points off the top after back-to-back wins over Fulham and Luton.
Tottenham 2-0 Luton